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CBD vs. THC-O

What is THC-O Acetate?

Amongst the many recent cannabinoids that have gained popularity, THC-O has won the hearts of many for its mellow and psychoactive properties that push it more towards the realm of a psychedelic experience with psilocybin mushrooms. When THC-O first hit the market, it was said to be three times as potent as Delta-9 THC, the compound found in traditional marijuana, and five times as strong as Delta-8 THC. But really, THC-O turned out to be not quite that potent; for the better. Anything that strong would be something, but safety is always first. Mind you, THC-O Acetate is an analog of Delta-9 THC. However, it does seem to be more psychoactive—which triggers the “spiritual” journey for up to six hours (depending on the form of consumption). There’s a bit of the third-person perspective, vibrancies, and saturation in colors. You get this while enjoying lighter physiological effects similar to that of Delta-8 THC. There is no fear or paranoia, only bliss, and curiosity.

THC-O Acetate has gained a reputation that goes both ways for several reasons. THC-O is an alternate cannabinoid-like Delta-8 THC; similarly to D8, THC-O begins with CBD. However, THC-O Acetate is not a cannabinoid that you can DIY; this requires heavy equipment, a specialized lab, and a chemist certified in a specific branch of special training. Creating THC-O is extremely dangerous; everything is delicate, flammable, and volatile, so let the professionals handle it. They don’t even touch the chemicals; a machine handles the cannabinoid while the chemist wears a hazmat suit. While you may find this unsettling, it’s a happy ending; don’t worry.

Ultimately, THC-O goes through a solvent process similar to CBD, turning into Delta-8 THC, except now, Delta-8 is used as the base of the chemical processing. You can say that THC-O is synthetic because it’s not readily available inside hemp or marijuana plants. But the meaning of synthetic has changed significantly in this instance. Synthetic is a word that will always be associated with spice, but that is a black market item that never begins with anything natural, nor is it federally legal. By law, THC-O is federally legal under the Farm Bill of 2018, resting in the grey area of the bill like the rest of the alternate cannabinoids.

What is CBD?

CBD is the day one non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has blown up amongst the health and wellness community. CBD can be found, in an abundant amount, in cannabis plants. Both Hemp and Marijuana carry a large amount of CBD. However, Hemp is the reigning champion when it comes to quantity with CBD. That’s how CBD became legal; there have been decades of confusion between CBD and marijuana on whether they’re both intoxicating. Clearly, those who’ve used CBD before know that it is not intoxicating; it’s more about what you don’t necessarily feel on the physiological aspect. Say if you begin to use it for anxiety, once a proper routine is put into place, it will become effective—and you won’t notice.

That’s the power of this cannabinoid and all cannabinoids, medicinal properties that are safer than prescriptions. With CBD, if you happen to take too much, the worst that will happen is that you will fall asleep. So what ground does CBD cover? A lot. It is most known for decreasing inflammation, muscles spasms, anxiety, depression, concentration, and sleep. This is the shortlist; it’s a neuroprotectant, helps with withdrawal symptoms of heroin and nicotine, and the country is still just now diving into further research. There are different angles of these studies; some are researching more to see what other cannabinoids can be concocted to further the industry. It’s like every two months, we hear about a new cannabinoid that has a sheath of mystery behind it—but that’s precisely how Delta-8 rolled out. It seems too good to be true, but when it comes to the alternate cannabinoids—it’s a beautiful time to be alive, despite that pandemic. We are in a significant transition in the world—in our society and law aspects. Mushrooms are getting legalized too. Let’s get on board, Georgia.

What is the difference between CBD and THC-O?

There’s a lot of gatekeeping that comes with CBD because it doesn’t provide any psychoactive effects. This behavior didn’t change for Delta-8 THC either. Some people don’t like getting high, good for them. All of us in the state of Georgia has one legal option, and that’s delta-8 THC. But we wouldn’t have D8 or any of these wonderful alternate cannabinoids without CBD, and that includes THC-O.

Along with CBD being non-psychoactive, CBD is biphasic. Biphasic means that your body reacts differently based on how you are consuming a cannabinoid. CBD in lighter doses is energizing and helps with focus, concentration, and anxiety. If you are using it for sleep, you’d use a heavier amount. For treating chronic pain—an even heavier dose than that. This works with Delta-8 THC as well. THC-O is intoxicating, but research hasn’t produced enough information to determine whether it is biphasic. There are only theories surrounding how it’s metabolized in your liver and what the end cannabinoid is. Delta-8 THC converts into what is known as Delta-11 (11-Hydroxy-Δ⁹-tetrahydrocannabinol); that’s why those edibles hit like a truck.

As far as forms of consumption, CBD and THC-O are all the same. However, there’s a difference in potency. Plus, you’re getting CBD with THC-O flower because it is hemp flower. There are gummies, flower, tinctures, vapes carts, concentrates, and other edible types such as chocolates. THC-O will always be better in a gummy or a vape cart because of how its distillate is. THC-O is supposed to look like motor oil in its final form, but everyone was weary of Delta-8 distillate. There is a hefty amount of leg work to bring THC-O alive like Frankenstein’s Monster, while CBD relies on extraction and indoor growing. Look how far we’ve come.

CBD and THC-O are legal through the Federal Farm Bill of 2018. These legalizations are often argued to mean nothing because the CBD industry isn’t regulated. ATLRx takes safety very seriously; for that reason, we take the necessary measures, so you have everything you need for a fun, relaxing evening. While the CBD industry remains unregulated, ATLRx complies with the federal regulations of recreational states such as Colorado and Oregon. We advocate for transparency because you deserve to know what you’re consuming. We use the safest and cleanest form of extraction called Supercritical C02 and Ethanol extraction. After the extraction, ATLRx tests the distillate to assure the purest quality in a DEA-certified lab panel test. Once we get the go-ahead, we then convert the cannabinoids. These conversions are followed up with another series of tests for pesticides, metals, and solvents. Nothing comes into our retail front until it is a perfectly safe product.